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Sentencing for a Grass Valley man who shot his father has been delayed so the county probation department has time to view a psychologist’s evaluation of the shooter.

Franklin Brown V appeared Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court with Deputy Public Defender Richard Wilcox.

Judge Julie McManus ordered that the probation department should be permitted to view the psychologist’s report. The report will remain confidential and cannot be viewed by anyone but the probation department, the judge and attorneys in the case.

Public Defender Don Loun had previously requested the department be denied access to the report.

Brown told the judge he was suffering from “medical issues” and he wanted his sentencing to take place as soon as possible. McManus advised Brown that it was best she view a probation report before sentencing.

Brown’s sentencing was scheduled for 9 a.m., June 19.

Limited burn hours underway

Due to unseasonably dry weather, the hours during which Nevada, Yuba and Placer County residents can burn will be limited, as of June 1, from 5 p.m. to midnight on permissive burn days. To determine when you can legally burn, call the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Nevada County Unit at 741-6299. If a fire escapes your control, you may be civilly and criminally responsible for all damage caused by the fire and costs associated with it suppression.

In order to burn safely and legally, the following guidelines must be followed:

• Burn piles may be no bigger that 4 feet by 4 feet in diameter.

• All vegetation and material within 10 feet of the outer edge of the burn pile must be cleared.

• All fires must be attended at all times by an adult in possession of water and a shovel.

• The use of burn barrels and the burning of household waste is prohibited.

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